Look to the Skies This Weekend for a Colorado Meteor Shower

Mindy Sparks
August 8, 2018

One of the most photographed meteor showers of the year has been putting on a small show every night since mid-July.

The peak of the meteor shower will be visible on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with the best light show to come before dawn on the 13th. NASA said that's because Earth takes more than three weeks to sift through the dust left from the comet "Swift-Tuttle". But it moves through the densest debris between August 11 and August 13.

Usually, on these peak nights it will produce 60-70 meteors an hour, but in bursts the rate can go up to 200 an hour. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming this weekend. However, the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky.

The best viewing will be with the darkest sky you can find.

No special equipment is needed to enjoy this nighttime spectacle, just a dark sky and some patience.

One of the most interesting and attractive things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors!

So for the best look, lie back and watch the night sky, looking toward the north, and watch one of nature's greatest shows pass overhead. "The moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA's Bill Cooke told Space.com. If weather permits, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said it will be observed during its peak in the late evening and early morning hours from August 12 to 13.

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